November 15, 2011 - USA / Missouri
The Boy In The Bubble; Dazzling Blue; 50 Ways; The Afterlife; Mother And Child Reunion; That Was Your Mother; Hearts And Bones; Mystery Train; Wheels; Slip Sliding Away; Rewrite; Peace Like A River; The Obvious Child; The Only Living Boy In New York; Love Is Eternal Sacred Light; Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes; Gumboots; Sounds Of Silence; Kodachrome; Gone At Last; Here Comes The Sun; Crazy Love, Vol. II; Late In The Evening; Graceland; Pretty Thing; Still Crazy After All These Years.
The band (not all members are present at all shows)
Vincent Nguini - Guitar
Fans who attended this show
The St. Louis show was so different in atmosphere from Memphis that it seems like another tour. Memphis was outdoors and very cold. The Fox Theater is one of those gaudy old-time movie houses built in the 30´s and is strikingly beautiful. We were 12th row, dead center, and the sound was breathtaking. Whoever is mixing the house sound on this tour is doing a great job. Paul wore a very nice sport coat, no tie and no hat. I was glad he didn´t wear the fedora; I think it makes him look even older than he is. It looks like ´My Little Town´ is out of the setlist now. Too bad; I thought the band did a great job on that one in Memphis. A couple of interesting wrinkles in this show: Bakithi Khumalo took a hand microphone and came up stage to stand next to Paul while Bakithi sang in Zulu on ´Pretty Thing.´ The band really has the Bo Diddley groove down on this song and Paul´s harmonica playing is more than adequate. He´s not bending reeds or making complex runs but he´s not embarrassing himself, either. Vincent Nguni seems so shy on stage; I don´t think I´ve ever seen him do anything other than just stand stock-still and play outrageously good guitar. His singing alone at the microphone without the guitar on ´The Only Living Boy In New York,´ is quite touching. When he sings ´here I am...´ it seems genuine and so beautiful. (Yeah, I know: so what!). Tony Cedras´ trumpet playing is getting more and more lyrical. He´s got a nice tone but the melodic lines he plays are gorgeous. I like Andy Snitzer´s vibraphone playing; it´s hard to imagine that anything could make ´The Boy In The Bubble´ sound bigger but the vibraphone does make the sound fuller. I like the changes in the guitar riff to ´Love Is Eternal Sacred LIght,´ which is still my favorite song from the new album. Paul seemed to enjoy the dancing that was going on in the second half of the show and commented on it at the end of the night. For some reason, I couldn´t hear Mick Rossi´s organ as prominently as I have on previous shows on ´Mother & Child Reunion.´ They may have tweaked the mix a bit or maybe he was just playing quieter. Mark and Tony do a great job on the background vocals on that song, by the way. Gabe Witcher, the fiddle player from The Punch Brothers, came out and played on ´Dazzling Blue.´ Paul said something afterward about really enjoying his playing on that song.